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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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Wildly violent, sexually freewheeling action comedy in which an angst-ridden Toronto twentysomething (Michael Cera) dumps a 17-year-old high schooler (Ellen Wong) to romance the aloof girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). He must then battle a succession of her "evil exes" (including Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans and Brandon Routh) in bone-crunching, video-game-style combat. In adapting Bryan Lee O'Malley's series of graphic novels, director and co-writer Edgar Wright cleverly contrasts the title character's mundane real-life existence with the hyperbole of his pop culture-inspired imagination. But, in addition to the relentless throwdowns, the script also features subplots portraying gay relationships and group sex as perfectly acceptable.

Watch out for: Pervasive harsh, though bloodless violence, frivolous treatment of aberrant sexuality, brief nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, a same-sex kiss, several bleeped and one audible use of the F-word, some crude and much crass language.

Rated: O; MPAA: PG-13

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